Fire Evacuation

As the owner or occupier of a building (with the exception of domestic dwellings) you are required by Fire safety and Evacuation of Building Regulations 2006 to have in place a plan or procedure to evacuate occupants safely and promptly from the building in the event of fire.

Many smaller commercial and industrial buildings only require an evacuation procedure, which is a basic documented plan on “what to do” in an emergency. A simple notice on the wall in prominent places is generally adequate.

Larger buildings which are used for certain purposes or activities are required to implement a more detailed evacuation scheme which is presented to NZ Fire Service for their approval. This process can be handled by CoveKinloch.

CoveKinloch New Zealand Ltd will advise you on what the requirement is for your building type. We have FPANZ (Fire Protection Association of New Zealand) certified consultants who are highly experienced in planning, designing, and implementing professional evacuation schemes for all building types, from smaller single level buildings through to complex industrial and commercial properties.

Download a copy of our ‘Fire Engineering and Fire Safety Design’ brochure HERE

Relevant contacts

Auckland contact

Ian McKenzie

Wellington contact

Ravi Alwis


Does my building require a Fire and Emergency New Zealand approved fire evacuation scheme or just an evacuation procedure?

You will need a detailed and approved evacuation scheme if your building is used for one or more of the following:

  • The gathering of 100 or more persons for any purpose
  • Providing employment to 10 or more persons
  • Providing accommodation for 6 or more persons
  • Storing or processing of any hazardous substances exceeding specified thresholds
  • Early childcare facilities
  • Nursing, medical or geriatric care
  • Specialised care for persons with disabilities
  • Accommodation for persons under lawful detention

Once an evacuation scheme is approved and in place, regular trial evacuations or training are required to be carried out to maintain the scheme. CoveKinloch are experienced in planning and conducting fire drills, including reporting of the results to the Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the building owner.